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The Asia Cup 2018 will be the 14th edition of the tournament which is organised under the aegis of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). The tournament will kick-start on September 15 and will go on till September 28, with the final taking place on that date. There are six teams taking part in the edition with Hong Kong being the last one to enter through Asia Cup 2018 Qualifier tournament, after defeating UAE in the final. The six teams taking part in the tournament; India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong: are divided into groups – Group A and Group B. In this article, we will focus on the clash of the Group B teams Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who will face each other on September 20, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. We will discuss the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan match prediction (BAN vs AFGH match prediction) for Asia Cup 2018, to get insights into what could go down when the two teams take on each other. And to further our Bangladesh vs Afghanistan prediction, we will also look at the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan head to head (BAN vs AFGH head to head record). Let’s get started!
Related: Asia Cup 2018 Schedule and Time Table.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Match Prediction, BAN vs AFGH Match Prediction
The Bangladesh vs Afghanistan prediction would entail analysing the prospects of both the sides, and the first and foremost point that we would make, in order to sketch an accurate Afghanistan vs Bangladesh match prediction (BAN vs AFGH match prediction), would be the fact that while Bangladesh have been the regulars of International cricket for a long time now, Afghanistan can be labelled as the new entrants, who are, however, posing a great challenge to all the cricketing titans of the world in a very short time of their entry into the International arena.
The Bangladesh national cricket team, nicknamed as ‘The Tigers’, are full members with the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and ODI status. A factor that could point to The Tigers’ victory in the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan match prediction (BAN vs AFGH match prediction) is the fact that Bangladesh had played their first ODI in 1986 edition of the Asia Cup against Pakistan. Whereas, on the other hand, Afghanistan could face some struggle and might not get a favour in the Afghanistan vs Bangladesh match prediction as they had played their first ODI in 2009, against Ireland, and were awarded ODI status by ICC in 2011, for four years.
However, while Bangladesh seem to be ‘seniors’ in comparison to the new-born Afghanistan cricket team, the performances of both the teams say otherwise. A point that is favourable for Afghanistan in the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan prediction (BAN vs AFGH match prediction) is their record and performance in ODI matches, which seems to be way better than that of Bangladesh’s.
While on one hand, Bangladesh, who have played 343 ODI matches out which they have won a dismal 110 and have lost a majority of their matches, i.e. 226, Afghanistan have played 101 ODI matches to date, out of which they have won a majority of their matches, i.e. 53 ODIs, despite of being ‘novices’.
Apart from all these factors, one major point that weighs in favour of Afghanistan, in the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan match prediction (BAN vs AFGH match prediction), is the presence of excellent and highly exciting talent in the Afghanistan national cricket team. Be it their veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, or their highly skilled and young ‘mystery-spinner’ Rashid Khan, who has also captained the team in a few instances, despite of being just 19 years of age. We are definitely putting our money on Afghanistan to take the result in their favour, while discussing the Afghanistan vs Bangladesh match prediction or Bangladesh vs Afghanistan prediction for the Asia Cup 2018.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Head to Head, BAN vs AFGH Head to Head: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Match Prediction
Looking at the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Head to head record (BAN vs AFGH head to head) will be highly helpful to further our process of Afghanistan vs Bangladesh match prediction. While there haven’t been a lot of face-offs in the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan head to head record, and neither too recent, the two sides have only played five matches so far, the most recent of which had come in 2016.
The first ever clash to get registered in the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan head to head record (BAN vs AFGH head to head) had come in 2014, which was an ODI clash. The two sides have never met in a T20I or a Test clash, and so, the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan head to head record, which consists of five ODIs, will be apt for our Bangladesh vs Afghanistan prediction for Asia Cup 2018, which is also an ODI event.
It is interesting to see that the first-ever clash between the two sides was won by Afghanistan. Call it an upset for Bangladesh, but Afghanistan showed exactly why they are not to be taken lightly in the International arena, when they defeated Bangladesh by a razor-sharp margin of 32 runs. The next ODI was played between the two teams in 2015, in which Bangladesh took revenge, and defeated the Afghanistan national cricket team by a margin of 105 runs.
In 2016, Afghanistan toured Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series, the opener of which was won by Bangladesh again, by a bleak margin of 7 runs. The 2nd ODI of the series was this time won by Afghanistan, by 2 wickets, and the series was clinched by ‘The Tigers’ when the defeated Afghanistan in the 3rd ODI by the biggest margin of 141 runs.
It should be noted that while Bangladesh exercise a 3-2 dominance in the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan head to head (BAN vs AFGH head to head), they had played 4 out of 5 matches at home, i.e. in Bangladesh, while Afghanistan didn’t get to play a single match at their home. During the Asia Cup 2018, Bangladesh would not have the home-ground advantage and might struggle to get used to it, while Afghanistan are already in a good habit of playing away matches.
To conclude out Bangladesh vs Afghanistan prediction (BAN vs AFGH match prediction) for the Asia Cup 2018, we figure that Rashid Khan would help his team cause an International upset, and defeat Bangladesh in the fixture on September 20. However, they will still need to deal with Sri Lanka, who are also in the Group B of the Asia Cup 2018.